In just 5 days all the greens are now officially cored-out and ready for the shapers to work their magic. The only green that remains is the putting green which, as I posted before, will remain intact as long as possible for member use. Most of the tees have been stripped of all sod and the hauling of excess dirt to the new 17th green site will begin in mass Monday morning. The shaping of sub-grades continued yesterday and to date we now have the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 16th and 18th greens ready for Mr. Doak to review.
With two days before his visit, and with the shapers in the field as I type this, it appears that we could have 8 or 9 greens ready for Mr. Doak's visit. As Mr. Doak approves some or all of these sub-grades, the MacCurrach team is prepared to immediately begin prepping the floors, installing the drainage, vapor barrier, pea gravel and mix. At this point, I would be excited because we would have taken our first step towards constructing, and not destructing, the golf course.
One other note from yesterday's work is that the MacCurrach team began removing all the sand from the greenside bunkers on #8. This was done at the request of the RGD team as they intend to make some bunker adjustments to this greens as they shape the green itself. I have included a photo of this work below.
One of the things I've heard from members is that they hope the greens are not "flat and boring" when completed. I have included a photo below that should put any of that concern to rest. Notice the roof line in the background as it relates to the angle of the bulldozer in the foreground. I think it is safe to say that the dozer is anything but flat!!